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Tech Companies Announce Plan To Identify Extremist Content Online

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube, which is owned by Google, have announced they are going to work together to identify extremist content. The step is a concrete but limited move to get terrorist propaganda off the world's leading Internet platforms.

Real Parents, Real Talk About Kids And Screens

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:31:00 -0500

How do you cope with parenting in the digital age? And how do you balance it all? How do you protect your kids, yet give them the freedom to create and explore?

Despite Its Promise, The Internet Of Things Remains Vulnerable

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:52:00 -0500

There is currently no government regulation around the Internet of things, and Security technologist Bruce Schneier fears it will take a disaster for that to change.

Tech Plays Role As The Weapon Of Choice In Crime Fiction

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:21 -0500

NPR's Art Silverman reads a lot of crime thrillers. In the last year, he's noticed "The Internet of Things" seems to being playing a big role as the weapon of choice.

Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:55:00 -0500

Your friend shares a story on Facebook. You read the headline and you think it's too good to be true, but it looks like it's from a news site. Experts offer tips to help you sniff out fact from fake.

'Bloomberg' Reporter Enlists Experts To Become An Instagram Influencer

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

These days, a strong social media presence can say a lot about your identity. Some do social media well — almost flawlessly — to the point where they can become influential enough to use their personal brand to make money. But what happens when a modest dad-type aspires for the allure that comes with having millions of followers? NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Bloomberg reporter Max Chafkin about his month as an "Instagram influencer."

Instagramps: Long-Distance Grandpa's Art Carries His Love Across The World

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:58:00 -0500

At 75, Chanjae Lee hated the idea of learning this bizarre thing called Instagram. He also hadn't picked up a paintbrush in years. But then, his grandchildren moved away and a baby was born.

TSA Takes To Twitter For AMA

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:06:26 -0500

The Transportation Security Administration has been using social media to answer travelers' questions about what they can bring on commercial planes. Questions like, "Are meatballs allowed in carry-on bags?"

The Standing Rock Resistance Is Unprecedented (It's Also Centuries Old)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:18:00 -0500

Many say the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance is beyond anything they've experienced before. But there are preludes in Native American history, and you don't have to look too far back to find them.

VIDEO: Vote For The Best And Worst Charity Ads Of 2016

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:51:00 -0500

Losers get the Rusty Radiator Award. Winners get the golden version.

Ex-Head Of Twitter News: Social Media Companies Alone Shouldn't Regulate 'Fake News'

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:11:00 -0500

What role, if any, should social media companies play in monitoring fake news? NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Vivian Schiller, former head of Twitter's news operation.

Postelection, Overwhelmed Facebook Users Unfriend, Cut Back

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:34:00 -0500

We asked how your social media habits changed after the election. More than 150 of you replied — and most are tired, deleting apps, unfriending people, tuning out politics or worried for family ties.

Mark Zuckerberg Addresses Fake News On Facebook

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:21:00 -0500

Some have criticized Facebook for being a platform that allowed fake news to spread. Following the criticism, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released plans to combat fake news on the site.

'Misinformation' On Facebook: Zuckerberg Lists Ways Of Fighting Fake News

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:12:00 -0500

Computer detection of potentially false stories; labeling news that might be false; cutting ad revenue: Those are steps Facebook could use to combat fake news.

Commander-In-Tweet: Trump's Social Media Use And Presidential Media Avoidance

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:46:00 -0500

If Donald Trump continues personally tweeting as president it will be an extension of commanders in chief going around the media. Though, it may also be unorthodox.